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Tigers fall in region openers
Tiger Jyannti Haggray drives down court in Tuesday's 59-53 loss at home against Effingham. - photo by Patty Leon

Lady Tiger head coach Faye Baker said her girls didn’t play sharp defense against a tough Lady Rebel squad.

“We definitely need to make improvements. We’ve been working on defense a lot, but we are not playing the type of defense that we need to play to be effective,” she said. “We are not playing team effort defense. We are playing passive like we are afraid of getting beat off the dribble and not trusting our team members to step in and help.”

The Lady Rebels ran the court and by halftime held a 41-20 lead.

The Effingham team was led in scoring by Ta’Shauna Johnson with 15 points and Alayja Connely with 11 points in the game.

Baker said her starting point guard, Journae Young, did well and has shown continuing improvement from season to season.

“She is doing a great job out there,” Baker said. “She has really reduced her turnovers over the years and she handles the ball the majority of the time. She makes good decisions, great passes on the floor. In the first five games we’ve played this year, I am pleased with her overall play.”

Baker added she would like to see the rest of her girls follow Young’s lead.

“However, I was pleased with my freshmen,” she added. “I thought they came in and played with the type of intensity that we need to see from our upperclassmen.”

Lady Tigers Alyssa McDuffie and Journae Young each scored six points. Ashanti Harris had five. Rayona Shuman, Raina Richardson and Brianna Johnson scored four each. Autiana Hightower, Esperanza Castro and Cassandra Ruff each scored two points.

The Lady Tigers were 10-of-19 from the line.

They are 2-3 overall and 0-1 in region play. The Bradwell girls will travel to South Effingham Friday and host Tattnall County Saturday. Friday’s tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday’s game is set for 5 p.m. 

Tiger boys

The Rebel boys came out fast and furious, taking a 20-9 lead to close the first quarter.

Rebel Deshaun Wilkenson led the Effingham boys throughout, ending with 21 points and a three-pointer.

The Tigers muscled up the defense in the second quarter and the offense drained 19 points to narrow the gap. At the half the Tigers trailed 33-28.

The Rebels’ run-and-gun and full press held the Tigers to only six points in the third. Bradwell made a strong fourth-quarter stance. Jaylon McNair drained a trey and the Tigers drew fouls going 6-of-10 at the line in the final quarter.

The clock ended the Tigers’ run.

Tiger Anthony Vicente scored 14, including two treys. Jyannti Haggray added 10, Jaylon McNair chipped in 9, Darryll Johnson netted 8, Brandon Hamlet scored 6, Deion Stewart scored 4 and Jordan Alexander scored 2.

The Tigers are 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the region. They play at South Effingham Friday after the girls’ game. Saturday they host Tattnall County at 6:30 p.m.

Boys box score:

BI 9|19|6|19 = 53

EFF: 20|13|16|10 = 59

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